Sustainability

View Barnhardt Manufacturing Company’s Environmental Health & Safety Mission Statement.

At Barnhardt Manufacturing, we are committed to environmentally responsible manufacturing. We've proven this over time by holding all of our business lines to the highest environmental standards possible, and every one of them has wholly accepted this challenge. From cotton to foam, from farming to processing, and from certifications to recycling standards, we've continually met growing consumer demands, all while keeping a keen eye on the future.

Cotton Sustainability

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Building on Cotton's Inherent Eco-Advantages

Cotton already has a lot going for it as a natural fiber; its annual renewability and homegrown supply chain provide huge eco-advantages. Now, modern farming innovations have only increased its environmentally friendly status, since energy usage, farming emissions, soil loss, and water usage have all decreased dramatically in recent years.

Then, from the factory to the farm, our Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF) process ensures the most purified cotton, and doesn't release harmful toxins. Since the bleaching agent breaks down to hydrogen and water, there's also no chlorine in any wastewater discharge.

Our Award-Winning Polyurethane Foam Solutions

While cotton's eco-friendliness is not a shock, many are often surprised to find out our foam innovations exceed environmental expectations, too.

NCFI is also completely compliant with ExxonMobil's safety procedures, which require the proper equipment, procedures, and training for customers before selling them any hydrocarbon-formulated spray systems.

A Product Line that Boasts Key Certifications

We offer a wide range of cotton products for a variety of applications, and we've worked diligently to receive key industry certifications:

BioPreferred®

We have a handful of products that the USDA has found to meet or exceed the levels of renewable biobased ingredients. Biobased products are finished or intermediate materials composed in whole or in significant part of agricultural, forestry, or marine ingredients.

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100

Certain Barnhardt cotton products have received the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 seal, which indicates the additional benefits of independently tested safety for skin-friendly clothing, as well as other textiles for end users. The test label provides an important decision-making tool for purchasing textiles.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Barnhardt is the largest organic bleached cotton supplier and the only GOTS certified supplier in the USA. When using organically grown fiber our process can be adjusted to allow the fiber to qualify for the GOTS seal as a 100% organic product. The GOTS certification by Oregon-Tilth is an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity, providing a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.

Cotton LEADS™

We're proud to be a part of Cotton Leads™, a program for textile brands, retailers, and manufacturers committed to sourcing cotton that is grown in a responsible and transparent manner. Validating the Cotton LEADS™ program are the national-level oversight, regulatory enforcement, and transparency of practices common to both U.S. and Australia, the two member nations.